The Big Boo Cast, Episode 191

So Melanie and I are taking a little break this week, but we’re sharing an episode that will be new to most of you. Last month on Patreon we did a Closer Look episode on health and body image, and we got more feedback – comments, DMs, emails – than we have on any other episode. People’s reactions were encouraging and candid and inspiring. Given that, we thought we would share the epsiode here, too. Here’s what we told our Patreon folks when we originally posted it:

For this Closer Look episode Melanie and I decided to talk about health and weight and body image and etc. It’s something that I write about in a chapter of the new book, and several of you have asked if we might be willing to talk about this very thing. Melanie and I have both found ourselves in not-great places with our physical health over the last several years, so I think no one is more surprised than we are by how much we have grown to love being active.

So. You’re going to hear a some of our stories from our teenage years through college and adulthood and now into middle age. Two really different body types, two really different histories with food and exercise – but both of us hitting our 40s and realizing that something needed to give.

(Also both of us getting really angry at our husbands before we made a commitment to ourselves and our health. AS YOU WILL HEAR. :-) )

All that to say: no doubt Melanie and I are both works in progress. But we both have gotten to a place where we feel strong and we actually like to move. I struggle with my weight more than Melanie does – this is no secret – but I am so grateful to be in a place where my level of activity helps to quiet the negative voices in my head. And I’m also grateful for friends like Melanie where I can talk about this kind of stuff openly and without judgment. That has been such good medicine.

Hope y’all enjoy!

p.s. Quick disclaimer: if you have dealt with an exercise or eating disorder, this episode may be not be the most enjoyable for you, especially if you struggle with negative feelings about your physical body. We certainly don’t want to trigger that or say anything that might make you feel anxious, so I just wanted to make you aware that we talk a lot about exercise and size and body image in this episode in case it’s healthier for you not to listen. And also, if we could, we would give you a big hug right now – because you are awesome. :-) 

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Show Notes:

Stand All the Way Up  

– This is a sad state of affairs for show notes – but we mostly talk about our personal stories instead of products. The good news is that maybe this episode won’t cost you a lot of money for new skin care products. :-) 

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 190

This episode is a real hodge-podge, which might well be our very favorite kind. We talk about corn and laundry detergent and hair ties and Melanie’s pre-Hamilton television concerns.

We also discuss a guasha stone tutorial Melanie recently watched as well as how tired we are of cooking. Because PANDEMIC. And we spend some time breaking it on down in terms of some big ole takeaways from Somebody Feed Phil.

Enjoy, y’all!

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Show Notes:

– Kasey’s Summertime Corn – 2 14 oz. bags frozen corn, 1 block cream cheese, 4 Tbs. butter, 2 Tbs. sugar, salt and pepper to taste. 4 hours on low in crock pot, or add 1/4 cup half and half and cook on medium low on the stove, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes

Nike Hair Ties

Guasha Stone

Tutorial on how to use the Guasha Stone

Hamilton on Disney +

Erin Moon’s Hamilton spreadsheet

Gain Essentials Orange and Energetic Grapefruit

Family Savvy Baked Ziti

Somebody Feed Phil

Karen Howell

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 189

When we start this episode, I’m maybe not in my best frame of mind on book release eve (Stand All the Way Up came out this past Tuesday). But then Melanie compares my writing to mashed potatoes, and then we talk about Jessica Simpson’s memoir, Open Book, and let me tell you: my frown turned upside down.

DO NOT SLEEP ON JESSICA’S WRITING ABILITY, my friends.

For the rest of the episode we do a Q&A, and this, this is one of our very favorite things. We didn’t make much of a dent in the questions y’all submitted via IG, but we had a blast talking about Melanie’s skin care regimen and my green ring and why we will likely never have a YouTube channel, among other things.

Enjoy, y’all!

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Show Notes:

Stand All the Way Up (Sophie’s new book)

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions mascara

Ben Rector

Dave Barnes

Dave Barnes on episode 89 of the podcast

Bright Balance 3 in 1 cleanser

Ponds Cleansing Balm

Zo skin health products that Melanie is currently using

Elta MD clear face sunscreen

Sunday Riley Luna retinol sleeping night oil

Obagi Retinol

Sunday Riley Vitamin C serum

Elta MD sport sunscreen

Cheeky Maiden complexion soap (Sophie’s fave -and it’s so affordable)

Teddy Organics rosehip oil

Creme de la Blair moisturizer

Gua sha facial tool

Glo revive light therapy anti-aging light

Jouer Soft Focus Hydrate & Set Powder

Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow

Downluxe Goose Feather Down Pillow

Garth is on Netflix! (The Road I’m On)

Somebody Feed Phil

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 188

This week we talk about Caroline’s recent wisdom teeth removal, a couple of recent Amazon finds, and a strange Instagram account that is also somewhat captivating. We also discuss a viewing strategy for Hamilton on Disney Plus and reminisce about the cough drops of our youth. As you do.

We also discuss Alex’s return to football workouts and Melanie’s dry shampoo strategies. We trust that your life will be enriched by this illuminating content.

:-)

Enjoy, y’all!

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Show Notes:

Living Proof Dry Shampoo

Sally O’Malley

Hamilton movie on DisneyPlus

Lin Manuel Miranda’s White House performance before Hamilton was a musical

Hamilton on CBS Sunday Morning

Erin Moon’s extensive Hamilton spreadsheet

The Heir Affair

amusing_asmr Instagram account

This is my favorite from the asmr IG page

Evriholder Fur Removal Broom

– Guasha Facial Massage Tool

Sucrets

Luden’s

Dot’s Pretzels

Mrs. America on Hulu

Mrs. America opening credits

Mom Celebrity Translator

Stand All the Way Up (releases June 16th!)

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 187

Y’all come to us for lighthearted nonsense, so we did our best to provide a little of that this week. We also took some time to put the lighthearted stuff in context at the beginning of the episode, and we hope you’ll hear our hearts as we do that.

So as always, we hope there will be points in this episode where you laugh. But after you listen, we hope that you’ll join us in praying for justice and healing in our nation.

We remember George Floyd.

We remember Ahmaud Arbery.

We remember Breonna Taylor.

“Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.” – Amos 5:24, The Message

We love y’all.

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Show Notes:

Brownicity – an anti-racism curriculum by Dr. Lucretia Berry (there’s an initial intro video about the way the course is structured, but each participant works through the curriculum independently – and there is also a curriculum for kids)

An incredible discussion with Priscilla Shirer and Dr. Tony Evans

Family Savvy Black Bean, Corn & Feta Dip

Family Savvy Charcuterie

Family Savvy Houston’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Family Savvy Strawberry Brownies

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Crusted Little Sausages

Ellen DeGeneres Chambray Denim Romper

– Athletic Works Tank Top in regular and plus sizes

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

– Ben Platt’s “Take Me to the Pilot”

Sweet Magnolias

– All Things Reconsidered by Knox McCoy

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 186

On this episode we talk about what we feel is the worst of the take-out food as well as the joy of getting to eat in a restaurant (at safe distances) again. We also discuss my obsessive analysis of patio furniture as well as one of Ben Platt’s most recent songs. So all that to say: we may have reached a point where we need some new hobbies.

That being said, we also dig into some potential summer reading goals and talk though my favorite parts of the Downton Abbey movie. Then we get real sad talking about how much we miss sports, so if you need us, we’ll just be at our respective houses watching old Mississippi State and A&M baseball clips.

Enjoy, y’all!

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Show Notes:

Wicker Egg Chair from Walmart

Melanie’s favorite outdoor LED lights

Oofos

Kindle Paperwhite

Sophie’s newsletter

The Silent Patient

Heavy

Such a Fun Age

Carnegie’s Maid

The Heir Affair

Downton Abbey (the movie)

Sweet Magnolias

Ben Platt’s “Take Me to the Pilot”

Acousic Covers playlist on Spotify

The Last Dance

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